Donald Trump takes credit for Americans’ renewed interest in Jesus
The president tweets he is proud of himself for directing country back to the Son of God.
After a weekend in which Donald Trump took credit for a revival in the saying of “Merry Christmas” — calling it a “cherished and beautiful phrase” in a series of messages on Twitter — the president tweeted yesterday that America has had a resurgence in the very belief of Jesus Christ and that he, Trump, deserves the credit for the turnaround.
The tweet, which originated from Mar-A-Lago on Christmas Day, mentioned Golgothum as the place where Jesus was crucified. Most biblical scholars refer to the place as Golgotha (and think the president meant to write Golgotham, as in Gotham), a distinction dismissed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press conference at the Palm Beach International Airport.
“Leave it to the liberal and fake press to make an issue of this. Real Christians, which the president is one, worldwide, know it doesn’t matter whether it was Beirut or Boston or Brussels that Jesus was so horribly put to death, after being wrongly accused of so much, like this president has by so many of the people in this room,” adding, Trump used the “ancient Aramaic” name for the city “but more importantly, we’re moving our Capitol to Jerusalem, which is near Golgothum, and that is the real story here. You should write about that.”
Last night on Fox’s HANNITY, the president didn’t back down from his claim, telling the show’s host the feedback he is getting when he travels the country is “like wonderful.”
“I have been traveling this great country,” said the president, “and I can feel people turning to Christ ever since our great victory last November. If you were there, I mean, the crowds to meet me, I gotta tell you, it’s like wonderful. I got and get goosebumps. A lot of people tell me it’s Christ-like. Look, I don’t know if I’m the sole reason — I think I am, I have to tell you — but people stand at attention, many in tears. Such devotion. And if you remember, Sean, Obama was not seen as a Christian by many, many people, which I actually told him was his problem when we met. It’s why you saw so many churches empty and closing and people moving to other alternate religions and taking up Yoga and other things.”
“I do remember, sir,” Hannity replied, “and it was very sad. The country was sad. I was sad. I remember walking by a church once and thinking, ‘Where is everybody?’ And then walking by aerobics studios and they’d be packed. Just sad.”
“They’re back, Sean, they’re back in tremendous numbers. I’m very proud of that. Look, you either believe in Jesus or you don’t. I do tremendously. I can’t say the same for most members of the media.”
“I think that’s why you won, by the way,” replied Hannity. “And I believe. Always have.”
“Well it was a big, big victory, overwhelming, really, but we all should believe in God and Jesus,” said the president, “it’s hugely important.”
The two then fist bumped.